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"Mandarin He Sing of the Chinese Junk". Signature with period caption
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"Mandarin He Sing of the Chinese Junk". Signature with period caption

By [China; New York]

New York, 1847. Very good condition. Signature of crew member of the 'Keying', the first ship from China ever to dock in New York City, identified as "the Mandarin: He Sing (Xi Sheng)". The ship moored off the Battery in Manhattan in July 1847, much to the anger of the crew which had signed on for a voyage to Singapore and Batavia only. However, the ship was a smashing success with 4,000 visitors paying 25 cents each to board the vessel and gaze at the crew and ship. P.T. Barnum got in on the action by exhibiting a replica and claiming some of the crew were the original Chinese. 'Keying' sailed on to Boston and London, and was noted in the press as the first junk to round the Cape of Good Hope or to have sailed in British waters. He Sing was still on board: "The ROYAL CHINESE JUNK "KEYING" manned by a Chinese Crew. Visitors received by a Mandarin of rank and Chinese Artist of celebrity. (The Illustrated London News, 29 July 1848). He Sing's signature in black ink on blue card, with period pen inscription on white paper below, "Mandarin He Sing of the Chinese Junk". [with] Clipping from the Illustrated London News, showing a "Chinese Banner" with an invitation to readers to assist in its translation, an early version of crowd sourcing. Signature 3 3/4" x 2 1/2"; the clipping 3 1/4 x 3 1/2". Laid down on blue album paper at some stage excised from a period scrap album, small perforation at right side perhaps when something was removed from verso.

$750.00

Edwards Pierrepont, $500 bond certificate in the Bradford Coal and Iron Company

New York, 1856. Very good condition. Bond certificate made out to E. Pierepont (sic) dated March 22, 1856, in the amount of $500, in a coal and iron company, to be paid within 30 days, and at annual rate of 7%. This certificate was issued just before Pierrepont, an important New York politician, was elected Superior Court Judge on the New York Supreme Court. Edwards Pierrepont (1817 - 1892) was a prominent New York jurist, politician and supporter of Ulysses S. Grant for President in 1868 and 1872. He served as the New York U.S. Attorney (Southern District of New York, 1869), U.S. Attorney General (1875 - 1876), and U.S. Minister to England. We locate a record of a Bradford, (Manchester) England colliery active in this time period. 9 x 5 1/2", laid paper, period folds flattened. Signed Aaron Stone.

$75.00

'Sketches and Views of Old and New Katonah (NY).  Souvenir, August 1900'. Pamphlet
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'Sketches and Views of Old and New Katonah (NY). Souvenir, August 1900'. Pamphlet

Katonah: Katonah Village Improvement Society, 1900. First edition. Wraps. Very good condition. Scarce local history souvenir of Katonah, just following the flooding of the land of Old Katonah to accommodate the building of the New Croton Reservoir, and the removal of most of the grand old buildings to "New Katonah". Includes much local history, printed photographs of local residences and prominent residents, many pages of advertisements for local businesses, and a plan of the New Village showing lots for sale. Advertisements include Doyle Brothers, with a printed photograph showing their greenhouses at Deer Park Farm; the Mt. Kisco Opera House; Benedict Brothers Watches; Hoyt Brothers Department Store, and the design services of architect Frank E. Waite. Prominent individuals' portraits include: William H. Robertson, Henry E. Pellew and Lewis W. Elliott. Landmark buildings and residences include: the Jay Homestead, J. Francis Chapman residence, Mrs. Sarah E. Avery residence, Lewis H. Miller residence, Wm. H. Fowler, Louis K. Bell, Clarence Whitman, C. V. Schmidt, and Robert Hogg. The "Katonah Hermit", Thomas Lee is also profiled, along with a picture of him in front of his shack. Outsize 8vo, unpaginated, [104] pp. Approximately 50 pages of text, 50 pages of advertisements and illustrations in text, and 25 pages of printed photographs. Bound in original thick rippled paper covers. Small neatly inscribed previous owner signature at front cover, Robert W. Green. Internally, very good condition. OCLC: 18349028 records one copy, Westchester Library System.

$375.00

The Market Book Containing a Historical Account of the Public Markets in the Cities of New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Brooklyn with a brief Description of every Article of Human Food sold therein, the Introduction of Cattle in America and Notices of Many Remarkable Specimens. Volume 1

By DeVoe, Thomas

New York: Printed for the Author, 1862. Hardcover. Good + overall. Thomas DeVoe was a butcher at Jefferson Market (6th Avenue and Christopher Street) in New York City from 1833-1877. An interesting book describing hundreds of products sold at the markets including calves eyes, moose, skunk, swan, woodpecker, eagle, whale, turtle, milkweed, cedar berries, truffles, etc. Laid down at ffep are news clippings from 1891 and 1892 relating to the author (some loosely inserted), and an ALS to T. Morrell concerning engravings. Volume 1 covers New York City, Volume II apparently never published. 8vo, xiv, 591pp, index pp593-621. Presentation copy signed by the author, 3/4 brown morocco, with 5 raised bands on spine, gilt title. 'Dennis De Coursey from the Author' imprinted in gilt on front cover. News articles and ALS affixed with tape and glue, marbled endpapers. Spine rubbed, foot chipped, foredges chipped and rubbed, interior clean. amy ny6 5.5.

$1250.00

History of St. Philip's Church in the Highlands, Garrison, New York: Including, up to 1840, St. Peter's Church on the manor of Cortlandt

By Chorley, E. Clowes

New York: Edwin S. Gorham, 1912. Limited edition. Hardcover. Good condition. Number 236 of 300 copies. Lays out the history of the Garrison church, by the then rector Chorley. The photographic illustrations of the church chronicle its history, the local area, portraits of notable Congregationalist ministers; receipt for damages from the Revolution; salary receipt for the Rev. Warren; portraits of various reverends; portraits of local notables, and more. Original red gilt cloth, spine sunned. Tall 8vo, xvi, 434pp, b&w printed photographic illustrations. Top edge gilt. An uncut copy with ruffled foredge. OCLC: 7420097.

$95.00

Construction of Parallel Wire Cables for Suspension Bridges
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Construction of Parallel Wire Cables for Suspension Bridges

By [Bear Mountain Bridge] Roebling

Trenton, New Jersey: John A. Roebling's Sons Company, 1925. Paperback. Very good overall. Fascinating work on wire cable construction of suspension bridges, with a detailed photographic study of 68 plates showing each step of construction of the Bear Mountain Bridge, which spans the Hudson River from Bear Mountain in the west bank to Anthony's Nose on the east, at the entrance to the Hudson Highlands. The bridge opened to traffic on November 26, 1924, and all the cable wire for the two main cables and the steel wire ropes for the foot bridges and suspenders were made by Roebling's. The 68 full page photographic plates show pier foundations under construction; excavation for anchorage pits; interior view of rock chamber for anchorage; tower nearing completion; foot bridge ropes ready to be towed across river; partial completion of foot bridges; reels of Roebling bridge wire at the ready; men adjusting the guide wires in order to spin the first set of strands; men spinning four strands; clamping of wires around anchorage shoes; compacting of strands in circular sections; views showing deflection of main cables; anatomy of one of the great supporting cables; rugged road construction cut into the side of "Anthony's Nose"; men in squeezing gangs at work atop the bridge; cables completed, with erection of superstructure under way; suspenders in place; etc. With text pertaining to the Bear Mountain Bridge's construction. Sml folio, 23pp, charts, 69 b&w plates. Dark green gilt embossed pictorial stiff paper wraps. Some slt toning to right hand edges of stiff paper wraps only, otherwise bright and clean.

$375.00

Journal of the Assembly of the State of New York
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Journal of the Assembly of the State of New York

By [Tompkins, Governor Daniel D]

Albany, 1809. First edition. Wraps. Very good overall. Legislative journal of the New York Assembly, the 32nd Session of the New York State Legislature. Dated November 1, 1808 through March 30, 1809, during the second year of Daniel D. Tompkins term as governor. In Gov. Tompkins' address to the Assembly dated November 1, 1808 he notes the meeting of the Legislature to elect presidential electors; decries the use of capital punishment; discusses the erection of the State Arsenal and fortifications and defense construction in New York City; and reiterates his support for keeping the US out of European "blood and warfare". Tompkins anticipated the War of 1812; as a war governor he is credited with effectively defending the borders of the state. Folio, 432pp, fold out chart, xix, Index. First edition, original stitch binding, uncut and untrimmed. Front wrapper dusty and creased with period paper repair at left edge, rear cover chipped at edges but holding. OCLC: 40015481 in microform.

$175.00

Cornelius - Russell - Littlefield - Phelps and Allied Families.  Long Island genealogy
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Cornelius - Russell - Littlefield - Phelps and Allied Families. Long Island genealogy

By Welsh, Goldie Baughman

1941. Hardcover. Good +. A scarce typed genealogy of related New York families, beginning with the Cornelius family which settled in Flushing, Long Island in 1645, and where Aaron Cornelius received a large patent for the land which now encompasses Flushing, Oyster Bay, Glen Cove, Hempstead, Rosslyn and Freeport. Concludes with the text of Civil War letters written by Daniel Littlefield. There are real albumen photographic illustrations throughout. Thick 4to binder, 133pp, bibliography pp134-158. Black gilt stamped faux leather binder, gilt title at front cover, "Our Ancestors. Cornelius - Russell - Littlefield - Phelps. Laurence Cornelius". Internally, text with evidence of damp; pages rippled, some staining at gutter, but text perfectly legible. OCLC: 16260176 records one copy, in the Archives of Michigan.

$375.00

Hammond's Atlas of the Metropolitan District.  A New Collection of Detailed Maps of All Boroughs of New York City Together with Road Maps of the Hudson Valley, Long Island, northern New Jersey, central New Jersey. Showing in the borough maps all streets, Avenues and Transportation Lines, and Showing in the Road Maps all Interurban Electric lines, Ferries, Steam Railroads, and stations, good roads, fair roads, et
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Hammond's Atlas of the Metropolitan District. A New Collection of Detailed Maps of All Boroughs of New York City Together with Road Maps of the Hudson Valley, Long Island, northern New Jersey, central New Jersey. Showing in the borough maps all streets, Avenues and Transportation Lines, and Showing in the Road Maps all Interurban Electric lines, Ferries, Steam Railroads, and stations, good roads, fair roads, et

New York: C. S. Hammond & Co, 1915. Wraps. Good + overall. Scarce atlas of New York city metro area. Includes a total of 21 highly detailed color maps of New York City and the Hudson Valley. Covering the area from Ocean City NJ in the south up to Albany, NY in the north. WorldCat locates one copy at the Newberry Library. The Hudson Valley maps consist of 3 double spreads: Hudson Valley West: West Nyack to Highland; Hudson Valley East: Ft. Montgomery to Red Hook; and Hudson Valley East: Red Hook to Albany. The map of Long Island titled Eastern Long Island, with 2 insets: Continuation of North Shore and Continuation of South Shore (showing routes out to Montauk Point). Very detailed city maps with each street name given. The city maps also showing elevated railroads, railroads and subways, both existing and proposed. Road quality is denoted thus: solid red lines show "good roads", dashed red lines show "fair roads". Long distance trolleys indicated with red dotted line. Folio, 32pp, Index map inside front wrapper, 21 color maps. Stiff printed paper wrappers. Wrappers detached, slightly chipped at edges; internally tight, bright, clean. OCLC: 844374879 one copy, Newberry Library.

$225.00

Map of Valuable Property Situate in the Town of Flushing ... Belonging to A. Houghton.  Map
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Map of Valuable Property Situate in the Town of Flushing ... Belonging to A. Houghton. Map

By Flushing NY Map

New York, 1865. Good + condition. Large color engraved map showing 5 large lots for sale in Flushing at the end of the Civil War, when the area was mainly farmland and orchards. Showing the lots adjacent to Whitestone Avenue, and surveyed in May 1865 by Oscar Darling. The map shows "Land of Watson Bowron" to the north; Whitestone Avenue to the west, "Land of Dr. J. G. Roesler" to the south, and additional land belonging to A. Houghton to the east. Houghton's land is divided into 5 lots, with Lot 1 titled "Grass Land' of slightly over one acre; Lot 2 showing a mansion, ice house, coach house and green house of 3 acres; Lot 3 with an orchard & barn of 2.7 acres; Lot 4 with a cottage, .52 acres; and Lot 5 "Grass Land" of 1.1 acres. A private road bisects the lots. Watson Bowron, the property owner just to the north of the lots for sale, was born in Newcastle, Westchester Co, NY in 1807. In 1842 Bowron and his wife lived on a farm in the 25th ward of Brooklyn. Bowron later subdivided the farm and sold the lots. The area was known as Bowronville and was laid out and named by him, with Palmetto, Woodbine, Ivy and Grove streets and Evergreen Avenue. In 1852 Bowron bought a farm in Flushing adjacent to the Houghton property, which he also laid out into lots and sold under the Bowron Land Association. 18 x 24". Period folds flattened. Slight loss at fold intersections; slightly chipped at right edge.

$475.00

United States Coast Survey. New York to Norwalk Islands, Long Island Sound.  Map
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United States Coast Survey. New York to Norwalk Islands, Long Island Sound. Map

Boston: D. H. Hurd & Co, 1893. Good + condition. Scarce highly detailed nautical chart with soundings of Long Island Sound, extending from Manhattan and Jersey City along the Long Island coast as far as Lloyd Neck, with a table listing lighthouses. These important "Lights" are those from the Statue of Liberty out to Eaton's Neck. Includes the famous "Execution Rocks" light, the 60 foot structure in the middle of the Sound, built in 1850 and named for its Revolutionary War use as an execution spot by British troops. From the Connecticut State Atlas of 1893. 29 1/2 x 19 1/4". Printed at upper right outside border is the number 15. Damp stain at right margin, not affecting the printed area; original center fold flattened with short split. Publication Reference: Phillips, 1476; LeGear. Atlases of the United States, L545; Phillips. Maps of America, p. 248.

$125.00

General View of Salt Lake City printed in Harper's Weekly, New York edition from May 15, 1858, complete

New York: Harper's Weekly, 1858. Otherwise very good condition. A complete edition with a double page centerfold print of "General View of Salt Lake City, Utah Territory". Above it are 6 smaller illustrations of the vicinity including: "A Morman Harem", "Tithing Office, Salt Lake City", "Devil's Gate", and "Parley's Canyon". The front page has an illustration of 'Hon. Jacob Collamer, United States Senator from Vermont'. Other prints include "Travel Notes in Bible Lands" with an illustration of Laodicea; "St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Fourth Avenue, New York" to accompany an article on Rev. John M'Clintock, D.D., an illustration of "The U.S.S. Frigate 'Susquehanna" with an article entitled, "The 'Susquehanna' and Her Last Cruise". Folded 11x16", 16pp, some slt foxing at margins, one closed tear at crease of center fold.

$75.00

Centennial Souvenir of the Monument Association of the Capture of André

By Husted, Nathaniel C.

New York: Printed for the Monument Association, 1880. First edition. Hardcover. Good -. The Monument Association was formed to mark the place where the British spy Major André was captured. A Tarrytown African American couple, William and Mary Taylor, freed slaves, donated their property as the site for the monument. The cornerstone was laid on Independence Day, July 4, 1853, with the marble quarried at Sing Sing (today Ossining). The volume includes the history of the movement to erect the monument (Part I), a description of the Centennial celebrations (Part II) and an Appendix. 8vo, 167pp, 2 b&w plates printed on photographic paper. Original brown pebbled cloth, with gilt title at spine. Spine chipped and cracked. First fascicle loose. Period owner signature at title page, Jas. T. Sutton, 1881. OCLC: 166620992 records only the William Clements Library, University of Michigan with a copy.

$200.00

Longworth's American Almanac, New-York Register and City Directory for the Fifty-First Year of American Independence, 1826-7
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Longworth's American Almanac, New-York Register and City Directory for the Fifty-First Year of American Independence, 1826-7

By Longworth, Thomas

New York: Thomas Longworth, 1827. Hardcover. Very good overall. Copy belonging to Burr & Benedict, leading New York admiralty law firm, who had the Hudson River Steamboat Company among their numerous shipping industry clients. Numerous wood block illustrated advertisements, including the "New York Drug Mills", the Steam Navigation Company (wood cuts of "the splendid safety barges Lady Clinton and Lady Van Rensselaer"); Peale's New York Museum and Gallery of Fine Arts in the Parthenon (featuring an Egyptian mummy). The most amazing 1820s advertisement for the New York Mirror and Ladies' Literary Gazette edited by George P. Morris is printed in a block of differing type fonts and decorative devices. Much information on banks, insurance companies, government offices, businesses, and streets listings. The directory contains the names of thousands of New York City residents, with their addresses and occupations. Small 8vo, [26]pp ads,19-547. Original printed boards, early rebacking in leather. Burr & Benedict, 9 Peck Slip written in period hand at top of rear board. Internally, new end papers, general browning of pages, otherwise good + condition. OCLC: 6128039.

$375.00

View of St. Anthony's Nose, on the North River.  Province of New York
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View of St. Anthony's Nose, on the North River. Province of New York

By Cooke, Geo., engraver

Cooke, Geo., engraver. View of St. Anthony's Nose, on the North River. Province of New York. A scarce view of a truly rural & wild looking area, now the point of crossing the Bear Mountain Bridge. A rowboat, & 2 boats under sail, otherwise a delightful naturalistic treatment. Artistic license has made Anthony's Nose of rather modest proportions. Copper engraving published in London by Longman Hurst Rees Orme & Brown, April 1812.

$125.00

History of the School of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church in the City of New-York, from 1633 to the Present Time

By Dunshee, Henry Webb

New York: John A. Gray, 1853. Hardcover. Good + overall. Signed Presentation Copy by author. With an introduction by Rev. Thomas De Witt, D.D. With the author's hand written note in ink on p112: "1841 Removed to 160 W 29 & the course of study was considerably enlarged". OCLC 1148938.

$45.00

Photograph album of a turn of the century horse & buggy trip through Catskill, Lebanon & Schoharie NY; Manchester & Wilmington VT
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Photograph album of a turn of the century horse & buggy trip through Catskill, Lebanon & Schoharie NY; Manchester & Wilmington VT

By [Andre, Major John; David Williams, Andre's Captor

1900. Hardcover. Very good overall. Seemingly a record of a horse and buggy tour through central New York and on to Vermont. There are nice architectural views of family homes, and others that interested the travelers. The 3rd & 4th photos are of the obelisk of David Williams, Revolutionary War hero, one of Major Andre's captors, along with John Paulding and Isaac VanWart. The obelisk is in the Old Stone Fort Cemetery. The early photos family homes, the Catskill Mountain House, street scenes, countryside, farmland, a waterfall, hedgerows, and a Civil War statue (near Schoharie?), "A.C Blackburn, Pharmacist," with an sign advertising sporting goods and "Kodak", the proprietor at the door. Next are photos of Bennington County Court House and church next door. some of the homes photographed are very grand. Gilson Adjustable Album patented 1897. Oblong, 8 1/2 x 6". 36 silver gelatin photographs approximately 5 1/4 x 3 3/4" , mounted on 18 card leaves. tiny bit of foxing, card a little warped. Original black cloth boards, tied with gilt "Photographs" on front board. A pleasant vernacular photo album.

$150.00

Brent's Automobile Atlas of the Country Around New York, Including Road maps of Long Island, Westchester County, suburban New Jersey and northern New Jersey coast resorts
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Brent's Automobile Atlas of the Country Around New York, Including Road maps of Long Island, Westchester County, suburban New Jersey and northern New Jersey coast resorts

By [Brent, Henry Kelly; Atlas]

New York: Brent Insurance, 1915. Very good overall. An unusual advertising piece with three double spread color maps of New York City and vicinity in a road atlas advertisement piece for Henry Kelly Brent, insurance broker. The maps marked with "good" and "fair" roads. The rear cover a map of Monmouth County from South Amboy down to Point Pleasant and Bay Head. The first double spread showing the New York area from Perth Amboy up to Peekskill NY; the second from Manhattan and Long Island up to Anthony's Nose on the Hudson River; and Eastern Long Island with insets of the North and South shore. Printed paper wrappers, title in black and red at front wrapper. 7pp, staple bound, original folds. Slightly dusty, splits at spine of covers. 10 1/2 x 14". OCLC: 40841722 cites one copy at the New York Public Library.

$125.00

Telegraphic Cipher Code for Private and Confidential Use between The Corn Exchange Bank of New York City and its Correspondents
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Telegraphic Cipher Code for Private and Confidential Use between The Corn Exchange Bank of New York City and its Correspondents

By Ketchum, William H. (compiled)

New York, 1909. Hardcover. Very good condition. A cipher code book from the Corn Exchange Bank to one of its subsidiaries the First National Bank of Middletown, NY. The first page has a hand written code number of 145 with the text, "All important telegrams should conclude with the correct test word as given below:" with a different hand written code word for each day of the week. The book chapters are: Calendar, Banks etc., Bankers, Cents, Fractions, Rates of Interest, Numbers and Dollars, Miscellaneous Phrases, with a different word representing every month, day, year, bank, person, number, dollar etc. Loosely inserted is a letter from the Corn Exchange Bank to First National Bank dated Feb. 9, 1922 advising a correction on page 43. The Corn Exchange Bank was originally founded in 1853 in New York but with branches in other states, and acquired other community banks over time. Offices were on William and Beaver Streets, William Street and then Grove Street (off of 7th Ave. in Greenwich Village). 12mo, tan cloth covers, black text on front, 134pp. Covers dusty, otherwise clean throughout.

$95.00

History of Political Parties in the State of New-York, from the Acknowledgment of the Independence of the United States to the Close of the Presidential Election in Eighteen Hundred Forty-four
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History of Political Parties in the State of New-York, from the Acknowledgment of the Independence of the United States to the Close of the Presidential Election in Eighteen Hundred Forty-four

By [Currier, Charles] Jenkins, John S.

Auburn, NY: Alden & Markham, 1846. Hardcover. Good + condition. A history of New York 19th c. political figures with 11 Charles Currier lithographic portraits, including George Clinton (Governor), John Jay, Morgan Lewis, Daniel Tompkins, De Witt Clinton, Joseph Yates, Martin van Buren, Enos Throop, William Marcy, William Bouck, and Silas Wright. Charles Currier was the brother of Nathaniel Currier who established a flourishing lithography firm in New York in 1835 which produced a noted range of images of mid to late 19th century America. Charles joined his brother in 1857 and added James M. Ives as business partner. The renowned firm made highly popular lithographs of city views, rural life, ships & railroads, domestic life, and portraits. 8vo, frontispiece, vii, 528pp, Index. Full brown calf, gilt title on red spine panel. Corners rubbed. Internally, fox spotting throughout heavy in places; residue of a stored twig at title page.

$145.00

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